Costa Cruises announces Costa Diadema’s godmother

An Italian travel agent will be the protagonist of the special Costa Diadema’s Christening event that will take place on the 7th of November in Genoa. After a selection among more than 700 ladies from more than 50 different countries in the world, Ms Carolina Miceli, from Palermo has been chosen as the representative of Costa Cruises’ values, according to her positive attitude and passionate work at her travel agency Tagliavia. As a travel agent she has …

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Princess Cruises to celebrate 50th anniversary with first-ever float in the Rose Parade® on January 1

Princess Cruises will ring in the new year and its 50th anniversary in an unprecedented way – with its first-ever float in the world-famous Rose Parade on January 1 in Pasadena, Calif. As a special feature the six original cast members of The Love Boat television show will ride on the ship’s bow and “cruise” down the five-and-a-half mile parade route. In addition to paying tribute to the television show that made Princess Cruises one of the …

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Princess Cruises launches new “Seawitch” craft beer series with exclusive 50th anniversary blend

Princess Cruises is pouring a new craft beer to toast its upcoming 50th anniversary. The “Seawitch” West Coast IPA beer – playfully named for the company’s iconic logo – was developed exclusively for Princess Cruises, in partnership with award-winning Strike Brewing Company, and is the first in the line’s new series of craft beers. The brew will be introduced aboard Regal Princess when the cruise ship debuts in Florida for a season of Caribbean cruises this November. …

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Costa Diadema’s modern art to complement its innovative design

Costa Diadema, Costa Cruises’ new 132,500-ton flagship, will feature 7,671 pieces of specially commissioned modern art that perfectly complement the ship’s innovative interior design. The art will be on display when the ship is delivered Oct. 30, 2014. Costa Diadema, the Regina del Mediterraneo or Queen of the Mediterranean, will exhibit a wide array of original art, reproductions and silk-screen prints by 41 artists — 38 of them Italian. The artists were commissioned by Costa to interpret …

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Princess Cruises to add new ship to fleet

Today Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc, announced that it has reached an agreement with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to build a new ship, which will  enter service in 2017. The as-yet unnamed 143,000-ton vessel, which will be built at an all-in cost of approximately 600 million euros, will carry 3,560 passengers, and feature the successful design platform introduced by sister ships Royal Princess in 2013 and Regal Princess which entered service this past …

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Costa Cruises’ Costa Diadema to feature a spectacular promenade

A 1,640-foot promenade on Deck 5 of Costa Cruises’ new Costa Diadema, will provide guests a new way to experience the Mediterranean. The ship will feature large, split-level public rooms directly overlooking the sea and conveniently interconnected to create an atmosphere similar to a lively seaside resort. The outdoor promenade on Costa Diadema, Costa’s flagship fondly nicknamed Regina del Mediterraneo (Queen of the Mediterranean), will provide a spectacular vista of the sea. As the longest promenade of …

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The last day aboard the Veendam

ABOARD the MS VEENDAM — Decisions are difficult on the last day of a cruise – perhaps especially so on just a week-long experience. With all that packing for the airplane to do, should we also take another shore excursion? There are new friends to say goodbye to, remember. Do we go to the final performance in the showroom? What are we going to wear tomorrow? And that ever-present dilemma: If we accidentally pack the wrong thing – …

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Thursday aboard the Veendam

ABOARD the MS VEERDAM — Our ship has arrived in Halifax as scheduled, on Thursday, and for the first time on this short cruise, Sara and I decided not to go ashore. We have been to Halifax before, on a Crystal cruise from Europe and Iceland-Greenland. And on Wednesday evening we related some of our Nova Scotia experiences for the benefit for a few of our shipmates. Nevertheless, taking a cruise is not all shore excursions. The …

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Tuesday and Wednesday aboard the Veendam

ABOARD the MS VEERDAM —  Here we are on Wednesday evening, looking back on two shore excursions in as many days — one exciting and one a little less so. Yesterday, Tuesday, first found us at the dock in Charlottetown, the gateway to Prince Edward Island, also known apparently as “Potatoland.” This we decided to explore on a guided tour and learned, among other things, that there are dozens of kinds of potatoes and that the best …

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Monday aboard the Veendam

ABOARD the MS VEERDAM —  It’s Monday. June 9, and back home the world is probably beginning just another work week. Cruisers aboard our floating playground are enjoying a single “sea day” on the Gulf of St. Lawrence on their way toward exploring Canada’s Maritime Provinces. On Saturday, we boarded the ship in Quebec City, a lively center of Canada’s French-speaking population. Unlike larger and more well-known Montreal, this storybook town seems to have dedicated itself to …

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